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Extending the process limits of laser polymer welding with high-brilliance beam sources

Objective

PolyBright will develop high power high brilliance lasers with new wavelengths between 1500 and 1900 nm which are adapted to the absorption properties of polymers. With innovative beam manipulation systems for optimum adaption of energy, the project will provide high speed and flexible laser manufacturing technology to expand the limits of current plastic part assembly. Key innovations of the PolyBright project are high brilliance mid-IR-wavelength fibre and diode lasers with powers up to 500 W, high speed scanning and flexible beam manipulation systems, such as dynamic masks and multi kHz scanning heads. New laser polymer joining processes for optimized thermal management in combination with wavelength adapted polymers and additives will provide higher quality, high processing speed up to 1 m/s and robust manufacturing processes at lower costs. Compact lasers with very high beam quality and free form beam shaping will enable reconfigurable assembly machines, offering high productivity with sub second cycle times and unique flexibility for varying joining geometries. The project covers the whole process chain for laser based plastic part assembly and includes laser companies, optics suppliers, material and processing specialists as well as machine suppliers. The developed machine equipment and the new laser process approaches will be validated by end users from medical, consumer good, automotive and watch industry. With this initial step, PolyBright will break new paths in processing of advanced plastic products overcoming the quality and speed limitations of conventional plastic part assembly. PolyBright will thus open new markets for laser systems with a short term potential of over several 100 laser installations per year and a future much larger market share in a multi billion plastic market. PolyBright will hence establish a comprehensive and sustainable development activity on new high brilliance lasers that will strengthen the EU's laser system industry.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/production economics/productivity

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-LARGE-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-IP - Large-scale integrating project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 536 017
Administrative Contact
Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (17)

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
EU contribution
€ 345 802
Address
Boulevard Saint Michel 60
75272 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Helleux (Mr.)
LEISTER PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES*
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 304 728
Address
Galileo-strasse 10
6056 Kagiswil
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ulrich Gubler (Dr.)
Treffert GmbH & Co.KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 338 923
Address
In Der Weide 17
55411 Bingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sibylle Glaser (Dr.)
ARKEMA FRANCE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 263 637
Address
Rue Estienne D Orves
92700 Colombes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Audenaert (Dr.)
IPG Laser GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 460 701
Address
Siemensstrasse 7
57299 Burbach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Heidi Fischbach (Ms.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 622 550
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Borja Emaldi (Mr.)
LIMO LISSOTSCHENKO MIKROOPTIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 342 224
Address
Bookenburgweg 4-8
44319 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Susanne Schwager (Ms.)
ELECTROLUX ITALIA SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 173 817
Address
Corso Lino Zanussi 24
33080 Porcia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcellina Bazzo (Ms.)
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 553
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Massimo Casali (Dr.)
ARTTIC
France
EU contribution
€ 417 345
Address
Rue Du Dessous Des Berges 58A
75013 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Eric Papon (Dr.)
Coloplast A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 157 357
Address
Holtedam 1
3050 Humlebaek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claus Lundbaek Ottesen (Mr.)
FONDATION SUISSE POUR LA RECHERCHEEN MICROTECHNIQUE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 150 754
Address
Ruelle Dupeyrou 4
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Annette Locher (Ms.)
VALOE OYJ
Finland
EU contribution
€ 211 370
Address
Insinoorinkatu 5
50150 Mikkeli
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Anssi Jansson (Mr.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 382 198
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irina Granfors (Ms.)
ARGES Gesellschaft für Industrieplanung und Lasertechnik mbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 392 100
Address
Werk 4
92442 Wackerdorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cornelia Oppitz (Ms.)
LAPPEENRANNAN-LAHDEN TEKNILLINEN YLIOPISTO LUT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 105 434
Address
Yliopistonkatu 34
53850 Lappeenranta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Veli Kukkurainen (Ms.)
INDUSTRIA AUXILIAR ALAVESA S.A.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 204 490
Address
Poligono Industrial Saratxo S/n
01470 Amurrio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Felipe Carnicero (Mr.)